Track 10
Cucú, cucú!
Juan del Encina (1464-1523)

¡Cucú, cucú!
Guarda no lo seas tú.

Compadre debes saber,
Que la mas buena muger,
Rabia siempre por hoder,
Harta bien la tuya tú.

Compadre has de guardar,
Para nunca encornudar,
Si tu muger sale á mear,
Sal junto con ella tú.

Compadre, guarte del cuerno
En verano y'en invierno
Que'aunque te parezca tierno
Duro le hallarás tú.


Cucú, cucú!
Translation

Cucu cucu!
Be mindful of the bird’s song

Friend, you must know
that the best woman
Is constantly raging
To be consoled by you

So, friend, you must keep on
And never give up
If your woman leaves to piss
She’ll take your salt along with her.

Friend, you who are in charge
in both summer and winter
although often tender
rule with discipline you must